Open Spectrum Alliance launched

The Open Spectrum Alliance (OSA), a new group working towards greater efficiency in the allocation, assignment and use of radio frequency spectrum in South Africa, will hold its first meeting in Stellenbosch tomorrow.

According to the OSA policy regulating the use of wireless spectrum has not kept pace with the evolution of wireless technology.  “In the same way Internet IP address assignment has evolved to be more efficient, we need a new way of thinking about spectrum assignment models,” the OSA states in its manifesto.

The OSA says that access to spectrum in South Africa represents the single biggest obstacle to competitive participation in the telecoms marketplace.

To improve the current regime regarding spectrum allocation and usage, the OSA encourages amoung other things:

  1. Transparency around the existing use and proposed allocation and assignment of spectrum in South Africa
  2. Interference free spectrum, efficiency shared to reduce barriers to entry
  3. Technology neutral spectrum allocation
  4. Use it or lose it policy
  5. Innovative spectrum licensing

The first OSA meeting will be on the 10th of June 2009 in Stellenbosch.  Speakers will include Steve Song from the Shuttleworth Foundation, WAPA Regulatory Advisor Dominic Cull and Ronnie Seeber from Motorola.

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